Nirvana // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
N:
Peace Curlies! My name is Nirvana and I’m from BX by way of BROOKLYN!!! Lol. I’m currently a Brooklyn college junior majoring in English Literature / minor Creative Writing. I’m also a Cosmetologist with over 10 year’s experience with hair care although I have a preference for natural hair care and styling these days. I’m also a performance artist. Spoken word is my heartbeat

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
I remember the morning the world was informed of Sean Bell’s death. I returned upstairs from the grocery store with a million things going through my mind. I went and got a “BLACK POWER” tattoo and you can imagine the rest was history. I was also tired of feeling like I was conforming. When I asked myself why I was relaxing my hair I couldn’t come up with a reason other than I’d been doing it since I was 11 years old.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
N:
In December of 2006 I removed my box braids “transition style”. I had 15 inches of hair! But 12 of those “relaxed” inches had to go! So January 2007 Off with my HAIR! I was reborn. I cried tears of joy and looked at the floor…Saw ALL my hair and cried again! But I loved my TWA.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
N:
I find it funny that I am weave checked all the time now that I’m natural as opposed to when I had a weave before. Women thought the fake hair was real. It can be frustrating, but I just laugh lol. I guess we have been told our natural hair is ugly for so long that it’s hard to believe it can look this good! GOKINKY’S!!!

But going back natural has affected my confidence positively in ways I could write a book on. I feel genuine. Different types of men approach me now. It is always with respect. I NEVER fathomed being able to go out without the help of weave or a relaxer and feel fierce! I was never caught without my weave pre-natural. I had long hair, but it was a psychological dependence. Wearing my real hair speaks volumes to little girls and to women everywhere. It makes me feel good when a little girl looks at me and says, “Mommy her hair looks like mine, she’s pretty!” or when I can motivate someone to leave the creamy crack alone and show them you can be just as fierce nappyopolegetically!

How would you describe your hair?
N:
In terms of texture, thickness and behavior, my hair has an identity crisis going on lol. The front crown area doesn’t have a curl pattern and has less density. I have to curl it with a spiral iron. It just grows that way. The back and sides on the other hand need NO HELP! I have nice thick straw sized curls. The texture is kinky curly. I have fine delicate strands. I have 14 inches in the back and 12.5 in the front on my last length check in February 2012. I’ve been natural a little over 5 years.

What is your regimen?
N:
I’m a protective style girl! For half the year I switch up protective styles. Double strand twists are my staple. Box braids are too arduous so I’ve given them up :( I love 50’s pin up looks and victory rolls, buns and any pretty updos with flowers / feathers of course! I flat iron 3x per year. I think it’s good to smooth the cuticle layer occasionally to combat fairy knots. But I always miss my curlies after a day or two. I wash my hair weekly with Shea Moisture Shampoo followed by their Organic Restorative Conditioner as a leave in. I do double strand twists and seal with coconut oil. Air dry of course. I take down the twists the next day and style. When I need a clarifying shampoo I use Miss Jessie’s Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo. It’s the holy grail!

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
N:
I retain moisture with Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Crème through the week, coconut oils, Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave in and Organic Root Stimulator Mayonnaise deep steam treatments every 2 weeks. For length retention I trim my hair 2x per year and treat my ends like delicate threads of silk when brushing.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
N:
Ive run into products that my hair didn’t like, but I made most of my hair mistakes when I was a relaxed girl. I’ve been very lucky up to this point, so I guess beauty school helps in that I know the major Do’s and Don’ts by now.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
N:
Deep treatments and coconut oils!! I swear by them.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
http://www.facebook.com/NirvanaBurns

Anything else you want to add?
N:
TEAM (4) SHRINkAGE! Your hair is ALIVE! It does what it needs to sustain itself as does all life on the planet through hydration. WATER IS NOT THE ENEMY! It sustains life. On the driest of days it’s able to filter out the smallest particles of H20 from the atmosphere like a plant in order to hydrate itself if you forget to water it. The cuticles swell and the water enters leaving the crown a halo of shrunken kinks sprouting from your scalp. WOW! Can’t you see the brilliance in that? Oh and remember…kinkyGirlsDoitBetter!

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

 

18 thoughts on “Nirvana // Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. English Lit/Creative Writing undergrads represent! That cloud-like free-flowing style and the side-braid design at bottom are knockouts! Great interview, I always get a little teary-eyed reading how liberating going natural was for many of us.

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    • So happy to have found a Natural Girl who’s front and crown area also grows in straight (and frizzy!)! I thought I had done something wrong! It’s frustrating, but I’m learning to embrace all the different ways my hair wants to be! I am 7 months post Big Chop after transitioning for one year and a little more than 3 months post a Mini Chop to even out a crazy mullet I had going on. Thank you for your inspiration, Nirvana!

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  2. Nirvana is gorgeous and so is her natural hair! Your interview was great and literally is making me get up off the couch and go wash my naps because I’ve been straight for a couple of weeks now. All the awards!!!

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  3. Courtney steal away that’s the point of the site! Lol and give thanks Nadia for the compliments now go get your curls back lol!!! KinkyGirlzDoitbetter!!

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  4. I found more inspiration through this story to go natural. I’ve been relaxer free since 2003. Yet I have been a slave to the Kentucky Maid #222 pressing comb, lol (because I know the # & I pack my own when going to the salon). Nirvana you have given me what I needed: the insight that I could still be apart of the straightened and go full throttle with the natural movement. Thank you

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      • Thanks Anatasia, I’m excited!!! Now, the hunt for the best products for my hair is paramount to pull this off. My hair is fine, soft and a great communicator of likes and dislikes, LOL…. I’m looking around this site for hair similar to mine for direction..

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  5. Nirvana, thanks for sharing your story with us! You and your hair are on point! But this right here:

    “Wearing my real hair speaks volumes to little girls and to women everywhere. It makes me feel good when a little girl looks at me and says, “Mommy her hair looks like mine, she’s pretty!” or when I can motivate someone to leave the creamy crack alone and show them you can be just as fierce nappyopolegetically!”

    speaks to my heart and soul for I have had similar experiences.Seeing the positive reaction of ‘our children’ regardless of gender has been at least number 3 in the top 5 reasons of why I will never go back to the crack.

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  6. marleaaaaa yesssss!!! I’m so excited for you! To:D you have so many options when natural, straight, spirals, Afro poofs, wavy, etc..thanks for the positives vibes sistar** blessings on your journey..and Anastasia I agree it’s more than just being natural it’s a statement to younger girls coming behind us so they hopefully won’t have to deal with the same stigmas of natural hair we had to deal with;) preach sis!!

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  7. I like what she said about shrinkage. I always see people talk about shrinkage like it’s some kind of enemy (though I get wanting to show off your hard-earned length) but tight curls are cute too ;)

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  8. This is MY GIRl!!!! I’ve known her through EVERY hair transition imaginable. From weaves, to box braids to relaxers, to hair literally down to her butt. I’m so proud of her and what she’s accomplished in what seems a short period of time. She is beautiful, inside and out and one of the most brilliant writers and poets that exist. Sh
    is truly one of my idols and I’m proud beyond of her tenacity and resilience. xoxoxoxoxo
    Your New York/St. Louis Family!!!!! :-)

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  9. My experience going natural was definitely not so serious or deep but I loved her story. It really shows her passion. I love her hair! Looks so healthy!

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  10. Nirvana, you’re fabulous! Brooklyn STAND UP!!!

    I love that line: kinkyGirlsDoitBetter! It’s cute and cheeky and needs to be on a t-shirt; is it, and, if so, where do I buy it?

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